Restaurant: Lekkerr, Schoonhoven

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Last week, I spent two days at my aunt who lives in Schoonhoven. Schoonhoven is a very cute town between Rotterdam and Utrecht. It is known for the silver that used to be made here a lot. In the city centre, you will find a lot of old buildings, mostly from around the year 1600. I absolutely love to see this, as you won’t find buildings like this in Rotterdam, because of what happened here in the Second World War. It gives Schoonhoven such a charming feel. I also really like the canal that runs right through the town. On one of the sides of the canal, restaurant Lekkerr is situated and my aunt, brother and sister in law and I decided to go there for dinner.
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Recipe: Raspberry Pistachio Eton Mess

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I don’t really know why, but Eton Mess was something that I wanted to make for quite a while, but for some reason I didn’t. And it can be so easy to make, especially when you have ready made merengue, so the lack of time could not be my excuse. But now, I finally tried to make it! And I even baked my own merengues for it!

Eton Mess is basically a layered dessert with cream, merengue and fruit and you can make many variations on this dessert. Because we all love red fruits the most in my family and it gives the dessert a nice and fresh look, I decided to make a raspberry Eton Mess. To give it some extra color, I topped it with some vibrant green pistachios. And I can tell you it was a crowd pleaser!

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Restaurant: Sugo, Rotterdam

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I absolutely love Italian food, it doesn’t matter what kind of food, but I just love how the flavors are combined in the Italian cuisine. Pizza is one of the things that is a real treat for me. I don’t eat it often, but when I do, I enjoy it to the maximum. That’s why I was so exited when I heard about the opening of Sugo in the Aaert van Nesstraat in my hometown Rotterdam. Sugo sells pizza slices, so no whole round pizza’s, making it easier to have to either have just one slice for lunch, or try multiple pizza’s for dinner!

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Recipe: Spring dinner with Salmon and Asparagus

image The Netherlands is one of the very few countries that have two days of Easter (and Christmas). It is actually kind of weird, because the event we are celebrating is only one day, but we spread it out over two days. It does give you an extra day off work and the possibillity to celebrate with both sides of the family for example. We did an elaborate brunch with the whole family on the first day and invited my grandparents for dinner on the second day. I wanted to make something that gives you the feeling of spring, so a light dinner with vegetables and flavors of the season. Lees verder

Inspiration: Wrap with smoked chicken and pea sprouts

Inspiration: Wrap with smoked chicken and pea sproutsI eat at the dance studio two times a week at the moment between teaching classes and most of the times I either buy or make a salad. It’s easy to prepare and light on my stomach when I have to dance again straight after. But now, I got kind of bored with the salads and wanted to make something different. I figured a wrap would be easy and light as well, so I looked for things to put in my wrap at my local supermarket.
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Background: Something about Food Tag

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It can be so much fun to answer questions about your food habits! I got tagged by MuyMaaike to fill in the Something about Food Tag, a tag with a lot of fun questions that tells you a bit more about me and the way I feel about certain foods. This tag was only in Dutch, so I translated the questions to English:
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Recipe: Pasta pie

image On the weekends, I always like to make something special for dinner. Last week, my brother and I decided to cook something together for our parents and as we were browsing through recipes we found a picture of a pie made of pasta. What could be more appropriate, considering my blog name, than making a pasta pie? I thought it was the most perfect thing and since we all like pasta bolognese it was a good choice for all of us. And anything is better when it is in a pie shape right? It is that fun twist on your regular pasta dish that makes it more of a special dinner. To go with it we made lovely chicken meatballs and a rocket salad. Lees verder

Recipe: Broccoli quiche

Recipe: Broccoli quicheA couple of months ago, I bought a quiche tin, because I had never made a quiche myself and I figured it would give me a good reason to finally make one. But with all of the amazing things I want to make and eat, the quiche kind of got into the background. Untill I was going through my Food Bucket list to search for something to make this weekend. I actually have a weekend that is crammed with activities, so I was looking for a recipe that didn’t take all day to prepare. And what could be easier than a quiche? You simply put everything in the tin and bake it and that’s all there is to it. I honestly don’t know why I have never made one before? I always love to eat quiche, it is a way to eat comfort food (a pie) and vegetables at the same time. What more could you want for the weekend!

I did want to make a quiche that would be meal-worthy, so with a lot of vegetables. Broccoli is always a favorite here, so that needed to be in it for sure. I always like bell peppers and onions for their flavors, so I added them as well. Some Boursin cuisine light for the creamyness and eggs and of course dough. I used premade dough for ‘hartige taart’ from Koopmans to prepare this quiche even faster. You could make your own if you want to of course. Lees verder

Explore the Foodhallen, Amsterdam

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The Foodhallen in Amsterdam was something I really wanted to visit, because I thought it had such an unique and amazing concept. I always have a hard time picking a restaurant when I go out for dinner, as I always want to try so many different foods and cuisines. In the Foodhallen, there are numerous vendors in an indoor foodmarket that create original bites of almost every cuisine you can imagine. You can just collect and combine all of the things you like and eat them at one location. How perfect is that for a food lover? Getting to try multiple things at once! Lees verder